Today, new residential dwellings have crowded the downtown area
including many historic lofts. With this influx of new
residential spaces and the desire to re-use historic structures,
the Gaslamp Quarter Association works to maintain continuity
between progressive architectural design and the rich turn of
the century style of the many buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter
which at times are at odds. These historic buildings, many of
which were built between 1880 and 1910 are still standing in
varying degrees of authenticity, but important as part of the
rich heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter.
The Gaslamp is also host to a number of events through the
year including a boisterous Mardi Gras and Street Scene with
every form of live musical entertainment.
Dining in the Gaslamp
Quarter has something for everyone from upscale restaurants to
casual dining - innovative and extensive restaurants line the
streets - a medley of Italian, French, American, Asian and
seafood, plus many sidewalk cafes.
There is also a rich and varied night life, clubs range from
cool jazz and rhythm and blues to folk music, salsa dancing
and discos complete with hard rock, strobe lights and mirrored
What was once one of San Diego's seedier sections today offers a
vibrant atmosphere with an architectural mix from the turn of
the century with today's gaslamps, brick sidewalks, landscaping,
new shops, more than 70 restaurants, theaters and many buildings
completely restored. The Gaslamp Quarter is where San Diego's
colorful past comes alive and exists hand in hand with modern
development and commerce in an active urban setting.